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DEPARTMENT OF STATE 

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN 

SEPTEMBER 29, 1994 

 

 

                      REMARKS BY 

        SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER 

                FOLLOWING BRIEFING TO 

                U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL 

 

                 New York, New York 

                 September 29, 1994 

 

 

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: Good morning. I was just 

going to gay that we had a very useful session this 

morning, first of NATO, in which the Secretary 

General was chosen. Foreign Minister Willy Claes was 

unanimously and enthusiastically .selected as the 

next Secretary General of NATO, and then we, of 

course, have had a good session of the U.N. Security 

Council in which there was a discussion of Haiti. I 

gave a somewhat lengthy report on the activities of 

the multinational coalition, steps that have been 

taken in Haiti toward the restoration of democracy 

there. 

 

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary so far the coalition force 

that you have referred to are all Americans. Aren't 

you concerned about the image of claiming 

multilateralism for what s essentially a unilateral 

action? 

 

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: In the net few days you'll 

see a number of other countries represented. From 

the very beginning, the multinational aspect of it 

was going to be primarily in connection with the 

police trainers and monitor, and they'll be 

introduced in he very next few days to perform a 

most important function. 

 

QUESTION: On the war Crime Commission, Mr. 

Secretary, there seems to be an inordinate delay in 

the proceedings by the U.N. Is there anything your 

Administration or you could do to move it along so 

that those criminals are brought to justice 

 

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: I met with the new Chief 

Prosecutor of the War Crimes Tribunal in Washington 

just a few days ago. Our Ambassador, Madeleine 

Albright, has been very intensively working on that 

issue. What I can say is I think that over the next 

couple of months, you'll see some very important 

step taken. The new prosecutor, Mr. Wellstone, I 

think is a man of international reputation, and 

they're moving in a deliberate and positive way, and 

I would predict that before the year is out, you'll 

see very important steps taken there. 

 

QUESTION: Have you had any indication from General 

Cedras or General Biamby, in their conversations 

with general Shelton or through diplomatic signals, 

that they're more willing to leave than they are 

first indicated? 

 

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: Nothing yet. 

 

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, there has been a move afoot 

in the Senate to try and set up a March deadline for 

withdrawal of most of the U.N. troops.  Can you tell 

us what the Clinton Administration's response to 

that will be? 

 

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER: The Administration's view is 

that any specific deadline is undesirable from the 

standpoint of the safety and effectiveness of the 

troops. We believe that to set a deadline may play 

into the hands of those who might want to disrupt 

the effectiveness of the multinational coalition. 

 

So although we think there will be an early time 

when the multinational coalition can hand off 

responsibilities to the U.N. mission, we think that 

the setting of a precise date would not be conducive 

to the effectiveness of that force. 

 

Thanks very much. 

 

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